Thu, May 31, 2007
Ya Need To Watch What You Say Around Airports...
Hollywood vernacular, a "pilot" is a proof-of-concept production to
sell an idea for a TV show or movie. And what cameramen do with
cameras is called "shooting" a movie. Perhaps airport security
screeners in Los Angeles, CA need training on local vocabulary, or
maybe they're just wound a little too tight.
Either way, Monsters and Critics reports a tale regarding
director Mike Figgis, best known for his film "Leaving Las Vegas",
in an encounter with security at Los Angeles International Airport.
The story has Figgis being asked the purpose of his visit, and
responding, "I'm here to shoot a pilot."
As you might imagine, completely un-hip security personnel are
said to have detained the director for five hours until they
finally consulted online sources to confirm the phrase's alternate
We're not completely sure whether this story isn't just an urban
legend... but if it is, it's certainly a believable one!
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